If you snore, then you may or may not consider it a serious problem, depending on how consistent and loud it is. If your snoring indicates obstructive sleep apnea, however, then it can be a constant occurrence that is not only loud, but can also be detrimental to your overall wellbeing. If you snore loudly and distinctly every night, then it may be time to ask your dentist if sleep apnea may be the reason, and if you can benefit from a customized sleep appliance.
What does sleep apnea mean?
Sleep apnea, and more specifically, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), describes a disorder in which you periodically stop breathing as you sleep. When you sleep, your mouth and throat tissues can relax enough to partially block your airway, causing you to snore. In cases of OSA, these tissues can completely block the airway, stopping you from breathing for several moments at a time.
Do all snorers have sleep apnea?
Not everyone who snores suffers from OSA, but the disorder is always marked by extremely loud snoring that follows a distinct pattern. When you have sleep apnea, your snores will grow increasingly louder, and then stop suddenly as your airway is completely blocked. After a few moments, your body will jolt awake just enough to start breathing again, repeating the cycle up to hundreds of times throughout the night.
How does sleep apnea affect my health?
You might not wake up from most apneic episodes, but their interference in your sleep cycle can prevent you from entering a deep level of sleep. Therefore, sleep apnea can lead to symptoms of sleep deprivation, as well as increased risks of cardiovascular issues, including heart disease and stroke.
Learn More About Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatment
If you believe you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea, then learn more about the condition and how to treat it by speaking with one of our experts. To schedule a consultation, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.